Combining such unlikely musical styles as classical, reggae, metal, and funk with his native australian "kangaroo jazz", Ishmael Cervantez's unique brand of music has won him the hearts of fans all over the world. Since coming to America in 1982, he has become a kangaroo jazz icon, playing with artists like The Coasters, Eduardo Miguel Fulinari - the Famous Spanish Lover, Mikhail O'Dell McGuiness, Brother Hanz von Uttervürgen, and EM Lawnboy.
In 1999, Wallace Kelly approached Ishmael with the idea of releasing a series of albums through Kelly's Internet Production company, Wallace Kelly Productions.
The first of these projects became Ishmal Cervantez and the Coasters: "The Grand Martini", a short album of studio, live, and out-take tracks that introduced the sound of Ishmal and his band, and was released exclusively through the online company MP3.COM as a DAM CD. The DAM CD is scheduled to be removed at the end of 2000.
The second Ishmal Cervantez release, due out in the Fall of 2000, will be a split production 7" with the indie grind label Menace to Sobriety. Entitled "Rear Naked Choke", this record is a fantastic piece by the noisy kangaroo-jazz ensemble. There are now at least two sound samples available from Rear Naked Choke, see the list above!
An Ishmal Cervantez and the Coasters "Tour of the Senses" is also being planned, as soon as suitable venues become available. Check back with this website for further information as it becomes available!